FRA Elects National Officers

Delegates to FRA’s 82nd National Convention in Virginia Beach, Va., last week elected Shipmate Gary Blackburn as National President and Shipmate Jim Scarbro as National Vice President for the 2009-2010 Association year.

National President Blackburn has been an FRA member for more than 40 years, holding a variety of branch, regional and national offices. He was elected as National Vice President for the 2008-2009 Association Year, and has served as West Coast Regional Vice President (2001-2002), Regional President (2002-2003) and Regional Secretary (2005-2008). He has also served as Branch 8’s Vice President and President and continues to chair the branch’s Americanism Committee. Blackburn is a Vietnamveteran who enlisted in the Navy in 1960 and joined the Fleet Reserve in 1978 as a First Class Petty Officer. A resident of Vallejo, Calif., Blackburn is committed to expanding awareness of FRA’s highly effective legislative advocacy work focused on enhancing pay and benefits for FRA members around the world.

National Vice President Scarbro is a member of FRA Branch 40 (
Chesapeake, Va.) and is a Life Member of the Association. During his 37 years as an FRA shipmate, he served as the East Coast Region’s Vice President (1999-2000) and President (2000-2001), and has held positions as Branch President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Editor. Scarbro is a strong membership recruiter, earning recognition as the FRA’s top recruiter and is a five-time recipient of the Charles E. Lofgren Award.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1959 and transferred to the Fleet Reserve as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in 1980, officially retiring in 1990. 
Scarbro is a resident of Chesapeake, Va., and will work to strengthen the organization’s membership base in the coming year.